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twitter @jaketapper or tweet @t. i turn you over to wolf blitzer who is next door in a place i like to call "the situation room." thanks for watching. breaking news. full confidence. top trump aide kellyanne conway says embattled national security adviser michael flynn has the complete backing of the president. but sources tell cnn, quote, the knives are out for flynn over his call with the russian official that may have included an illegal discussion of sanctions. intelligence chorus. president trump talks about north korea's missile test with japan's prime minister on a restaurant patio at the president's florida resort as diners look on. aides provided lighting with their cellphones. were the leaders looking at potentially sensitive documents. borderline. president trump defends his travel ban during a white house news conference as the canadian
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prime minister looks on. justin trudeau says he will not lecture president trump. lobbying soft balls. questions about multiple controversies facing the administration were noticeably absent from the news conference. is it part of the white house strategy? i am wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news. white house counselor kellyanne conway is now saying that national security adviser lieutenant general michael flynn enjoys the full confidence of president trump. flynn has been under fire for a call to the russian ambassador to washington before mr. trump took office that may have included talk about u.s. sanctions against moscow. sources have told cnn, i am quoting now, the knives are out for flynn over the controversy.
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there is growing scrutiny of president trump's patio strategy session with japan's prime minister. the leaders discussed north korea's missile test while dining at a restaurant at mr. trump's mar-a-lago resort while aides used cellphone flashlights to illuminate potentially sensitive documents as other diners looked on. sources are telling cnn that government lawyers are now working on language for a possible new executive order on travel. at the same time, the administration is asking a seattle judge to postpone further proceedings in the challenge against the original travel ban while a larger panel of the ninth circuit court of appeals decides whether to rehear the case. we're covering that and much more with our guests including republican senator ron johnson of wisconsin, he is the chairman of the senate homeland security committee. and our correspondents and expert analysts are also standing by. let's begin with our senior white house correspondent, jim acosta. jim, right now the future is
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uncertain, shall we say, for the president's national security adviser, or has that changed in the last few minutes? >> it may be changing, wolf. the white house is doing all it can to tamp down on the controversy swirling around national security adviser michael flynn. in the last hour kellyanne conway said flynn does have the full confidence of the president, and a white house official tells me flynn has apologized to vice president who said the national security adviser had not talked about sanctions against russia with the russian ambassador. now flynn says that may have in fact happened. president trump skated past reports that embattled national security adviser michael flynn is on thin ice. at a news conference with the canadian prime minister, the president defended his agenda to keep the country safe. >> i am just doing what i said i would do. >> reporter: but following revelations that flynn had conversations about sanctions against russia with the russian ambassador well before mr. trump took office, a potential violation of federal law, a senior administration official
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said the knives are out at the white house, where there are fears washington is hunting for flynn's scalp. flynn was at the president's side as top officials huddled over how to handle north korea's weekend launch of a ballistic missile. a meeting held on an outdoors patio at the martin luther ki-a. raising security questions. the white house was vague about flynn's future when asked directly on the sunday talk shows. >> does the president still have confidence in his national security adviser? >> that's a question that i think you should ask the president. >> general flynn has said up to this point that he had not said anything like that to the russian ambassador. i think now he is saying he doesn't remember whether he did or not. so that's a conversation he'll need to have to the president and vice president. >> reporter: stephen miller also under scrutiny after super heated criticism of the federal appellate court freezing the administration's travel ban on seven majority muslim countries. >> there is no such thing as
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judicial supremacy. >> reporter: he suggested the president's powers when it comes to national security should not be subjected to second guessing. >> our opponents, the media and the world will soon see that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned. >> that is a simply stunning statement, the idea that a senior adviser to the president would go on camera and say the president's authority will not be questioned. it shows both a striking lack of understanding of the structure of our government. >> but the president loved the performance tweeting congratulations, great job. friends of the president are also beginning to point fingers at white house chief of staff reince priebus. >> i think there is a lot of weakness coming out of the chief of staff. i think reince priebus, good guy, well intentioned, clearly doesn't know how the federal agencies work. >> reporter: a criticism he later walked back. >> there are my criticisms.
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i don't speak for the president. >> reporter: once i he-- new je governor chris christie scheduled to have lunch here tomorrow. he was not offered a to be in the administration despite being one of the top surrogates on the campaign trail. with so many staff issues he may be back in play. that's what everybody in washington will be looking for tomorrow. >> thanks very much, jim acosta. more now on the president's talks with japan's prime minister about north korea's most recent missile tests. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is working this part of the story for us. jim, it was, i guess, worrisome to a certain degree that the two leaders were having sensitive conversations, reviewing documents while having dinner at mar-a-lago. the president's estate -- the resort in palm beach. >> at a minimum it's curious and unnecessary. they set up at mar-a-lago. secure rooms for the president to have secure communications and discussions. it would have been very easy for him and his team to go there.
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it was unnecessary to be there. then you get to the next level. were those documents sensitive? we don't have a direct answer from the white house. if they were, that would be frankly a gross violation. i mean, even behind closed doors, there are very strict rules. i had a security clearance. they used to have marines walk around the office to make sure they weren't left on your desk let alone reviewed in the midst of a crowd lit up by unsecured phones. they're basically traveling cameras with the possibility, which is very possible that they could be hacked. all of that very strange. and requires hard answers from the white house as to what exactly happened there and why. in addition to having the discussions both on the phone and with a very close ally, prime minister abe there as they did that, we are seeing criticism, of course, coming from democrats, the house majority leader -- minority leader i should say, nancy pelosi, tweeting a short time ago, this criticism saying that there is no excuse for letting an traditional crisis play out in front of a bunch of country
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club members like dinner theater. fire flynn. directing her attention there to the responsibility of the national security adviser. he could have easily said to the president, let's go behind closed doors to have this very sensitive discussion. >> you would think that's what they would do. remember, these sensitive conversations they were having eventually resulted in both leaders going before cameras, 10:30 at night saturday night, and making brief statements. >> absolutely. and, again, those statements actually donald trump did not mention north korea. he did talk about -- did talk about his closeness and the importance of the alliance with japan. but that's an important public statement that they were discussing that also would presumably be in a private setting as well. meanwhile, plays out like dinner theater as nancy pelosi said. >> all right. jim sciutto, thanks very, very much for that. we're getting new details out of the pentagon about this hour's breaking news. i want to go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what are you finding out there about the national security
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adviser, michael flynn? >> wolf, the president, according to kellyanne conway, may still have full confidence in flynn, but people i am talking to say that does not mean that the ice under his feet is not growing thin. national security adviser michael flynn in the front row of today's press conference with president trump and the canadian prime minister. an appearance of business as usual even as questions swirl around whether flynn will stay on the job. revelations last week that u.s. intelligence intercepts show flynn had discussed sanctions with russia's ambassador on the very day president obama imposed new ones. one u.s. official tells cnn there is a transcript of the discussion after the call was intercepted. but it does not show flynn making any promises. a source close to the president says trump himself is irritated by the latest reports about his
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national security adviser, but white house counselor kellyanne conway says the president has full confidence in flynn. a former national security adviser to vice president joe biden says flynn's tenure will depend on how close he really is to trump at this point. >> here i think you are caught between two tendencies that the president tends to have. one is he really hates people who make him look bad. there is all the ridicule of the administration coming out of this. on the other hand, he doesn't like to look weak. he doesn't like to look like he was forced to do something because of outside criticism. >> reporter: flynn had originally denied he discussed sanctions with russia to vice president mike pence, who went on national television to vouch for the national security adviser. >> i talked to general flynn yesterday. the conversations that took place at that time were not in any way related to new u.s.
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sanctions against russia. >> reporter: the two men were seen in an icy handshake after flynn's turn-about became public. an aide close to flynn says the nsc adviser can no longer rule out that he spoke to the russian ambassador about lifting sanctions imposed by the obama administration after the u.s. intelligence community determined the russians interfered in the u.s. election. flynn, the aide said, has no recollection of discussing sanctions, but added that the national security adviser couldn't be certain that the topic never came up. the kremlin denied the two men talked about sanctions. >> the reason flynn is in such trouble right now and the reason why the trump administration doesn't just label this as fake news is they know that if there is a transcript, if there are recordings, that can't be dismissed. >> reporter: offafter the obama administration imposed sanctions were were surprised russia did
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not retaliate. a senior administration official tonight says flynn has no plans to resign and no expectation that he is about to be fired. wolf. >> all right. barbara, thank you. barbara starr at the pentagon. let's get more on this. republican senator ron johnson of wisconsin joins us, the chairman of the senate homeland security committee. mr. chairman, thank you for joining us. >> hello, wolf. >> if michael flynn did do this, have a conversation with the russian ambassador to the united states, discuss sanctions, basically passed along word, don't worry so much about the sanctions because once president trump takes office there will be a new era in u.s./russian relations, all this happening during the tail end of the obama administration, do you think he does need to step down? >> well, wolf, that's an awful lot of if's. his position is not a senate confirmable position. i haven't been privy to those conversations. all i know is what i have heard
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in news reports. from my standpoint this a matter within the administration and a decision for the president to make, not me. >> we just got a statement literally this minute from the white house press secretary, sean spicer. let me read it to you. the president is evaluating the situation. the statement says he is speaking to the vice president relative to the conversation the vice president had with general flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is, our national security. that doesn't sound like a complete vote of confidence as we heard from kellyanne conway just a little while ago. does it to you? >> again, i am sure he is trying to find out what general flynn told the vice president, what really general flynn's recollections were. he wasn't privy to those conversations either, so he is probably gathering the facts. i've always thought telling the truth is the best policy. >> it's very strange. i wonder if you would get into this a little bit with me, just
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within the past hour the counselor to the president, kellyanne conway, says the president has full confidence in michael flynn. and then, within an hour, the white house press secretary comes out once again with this statement saying the president is evaluating the situation. those are two very different statements. what does that say to you? >> probably the same thing it says to you. i am not privy to the conversations. it's not my role to advise and consent on this particular position so i'll leave it up to the president. he will get to the bottom of it and make his determination. >> as the chairman of the homeland security committee and a member of the foreign relations committee, i assume this is a subject of interest. >> well, what i am primarily concerned is the actual substance of, for example, what north korea is doing, the slaughter in syria, russian aggression in ukraine. i am more concerned about that as opposed to the palace intrigues occurring right now in the trump administration. i am happy to discuss the real problem north korea poses in
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asia and potentially in our homeland eventually. >> we're going to get to that. the only point i am making is that the national security adviser to the president advises the president on all of these most sensitive national security issues. so you want to make sure that that person is responsible, doing the right thing, not giving false information, for example, to the vice president of the united states who then goes on television and repeats false information. >> let me tell you what i also want to do. i want to make sure that president trump gets his cabinet confirmed. this is probably the slowest confirmation process in u.s. history in terms of the president being able to establish his governing cabinet. that's something we need to do. he needs his advisers in place. democrats, of course, are obstructing the process. >> i think you raised legitimate questions. look, these issues that have been coming up waste a lot of critically important time, especially when there are critical national security issues on the agenda right now. let's talk about north korea for a moment. you heard our report, jim
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sciutto reporting, that when the president was briefed saturday night on this ballistic missile firing by the north koreans he was having dinner with the visiting japanese prime minister, and then they began reviewing sensitive documents, you see with flashlights from portable -- with -- and cellphones, and they were discussing all these issues. there were servers, guests going by. is that a source of concern to you that they would be discussing north korea, which arguably is the most important -- the greatest national security risk facing the united states right now, in the middle of all of this? >> i am not sure that anything came out of that. let's face it. the president of the united states is the final authority in terms of what is classified and what needs to be revealed publicly. that would be his determination. again, i am highly concerned about north korea. we held a hearing in the senate foreign relations committee and laid out the basic facts for a number of administrations. literally for decades. nobody has been able to bring
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north korea to heel, nobody has been able to modify their march toward becoming a nuclear power and gaining the missile ca capabilities of actually delivering a weapon to our homeland. the conclusion of the hearing from my standpoint was diplomacy has not worked, probably will not work. there are a number of high-level defections or are beginning to be from north korea. we need to encourage those and provide safe haven for those individuals. hopefully the regime will eventually collapse or we need to consider taking kinetic action against these ballistic missile tests. >> don't you agree that, if you were at a dinner and your staff said there is sensitive information involving north korea, we need to discuss this. it's best that you leave that table where there are a lot of guests, a lot of servers walking around, let's go into a secure room and discuss this? shouldn't the president have done that? >> again, i am not going to
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second-guess the president. i don't know exactly what the sensitive information was. i don't think anything has come out of that that was overly sensitive. we know what north korea did. we ought to be discussing the substance and the danger of north korea progressing down this path of having missile systems that could deliver a nuclear weapon to our homeland. that's what we ought to be discussing. it's a real danger. >> what should the president do about this north korean threat? >> i think we need to encourage more defections from that regime, certainly offer safe haven for people who are willing to defect. i think we need to put ourselves into a position to strengthen defenses of certainly south korea, japan and seriously consider, from my standpoint, drawing a red line and saying anytime north korea engages another ballistic missile test, we're going to knock it down. >> senator, we have more to discuss including new developments involving the president's travel ban. we'll take a quick break and we'll be right back. or is it your allergy pills? holding you back
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we're following a breaking news out of the white house. an hour or so ago kellyanne conway, the counselor to the president, goes on television, speaks with reporters and says president trump has, quote, full confidence in the national security adviser, michael flynn. now, within the last few minutes, sean spicer, the white house press secretary, puts out a separate statement, very, very different, saying this, quote, the president is evaluating the situation. he is speaking to the vice president relative to the conversation the vice president had with general flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is, our national security. two top officials go from full
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confidence to evaluating the situation. we'll find out what happened in the past hour. we'll do some serious reporting on this and update you. in the meantime, we're back with republican senator ron johnson of wisconsin, the chairman of the senate homeland security committee. mr. chairman, we want to talk a little bit about the president's travel ban, now frozen by that federal appeals court. but first i want to bring in our justice correspondent, pamela brown. she has new developments to share with the viewers. >> reporter: today the federal government filed a brief with judge robart in washington state asking for a delay in the proceedings because it wants to let things play out in the ninth circuit court of appeals with the possibility of a larger panel looking at the case. the government did not provide new information on what it plans to do next but this is another signal that the administration will not seek an immediate stay with the supreme court as was reported last friday. sources are telling myself and my colleague that top lawyers at the department of justice and administration are huddling
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right now to figure out the next step forward after the stinging loss last week that keeps the travel ban on hold. right now officials are crafting language for a potential new executive order that would make clear legal permanent residents and green card holders have due process rights. if one is challenged, the others could remain in effect. we're told the administration wants to continue to fight the lower court opinion but add new language to clarify their opinion. one source told me there is a lot of lawyering going on right now to figure out how to make this all work. >> i assume there is. thank you. bringing back ron johnson, chairman of the homeland security committee. the president told reporters he will, quote, win the battle, talking about the travel ban executive order. then said they're looking at all sorts of options including a brand-new order. if there is such an imminent threat right now that, in his words, bad dudes are rushing into the united states, should he just rewrite it and get on
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with it? >> first of all, i think the travel ban was a reasonable precaution. and, you know, the president has vast powers when it comes to refugees. for example, president obama decide decided to let in 10,000 syrian refugees by consulting with the congress. nobody challenged him. we may have said whether we thought it was wise or not but we thought he had the legal authority to do so. presidents are certainly charged with the legal authority to keep the nation safe. we have to establish it's very important or any president has the power and authority. i am concerned about what's happening right now through the legal system. that's why i would certainly support a better crafted executive order, probably better implemented, because we have to establish really that the president has to have this authority. >> let me follow up. as you know, the president, he cites what he calls tremendous threats to the country right now. he said, and i am quoting him, we need speed for reasons of security. you are the chairman of the
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homeland security committee. is he citing new specific threats? >> i know of no specific threat. let's face it, wolf, the threat of islamic terror is real and growing. it's metastasizing and evolving. the fact of the matter is the senate immigration studies showed that there are more than 70 people involved and certainly charged with some of them convicted of basically fomenting terrorist activity here in the united states from those seven countries. so yes, this is a danger. we certainly need to continue to review our vetting process in terms of refugees, visa waiver program. from my standpoint, if i am concerned about isis operatives coming into america i'm still concerned about them coming through our poor southern border which needs to be secured. >> the northern border with canada. there is a 3,000 mile frontier between the u.s. and canada. >> that's one of the reasons we held a hearing on prime minister
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trudeau's circumstances for exactly the same reason. our primary concern is our very porous southern border. >> president trump described these latest i.c.e. raids. in his word he called it a crackdown, saying today -- he said today at the news conference -- he said, we will get the bad ones but democrats are concerned, as you know. california democratic senator dianne feinstein put out the statement, these reports show the serious consequences of the president's executive order, rather than prioritizing dangerous criminals. is that the case? are all undocumented immigrants right now being categorizing as criminals and could be picked up and deported? >> i believe the trump administration, under the leadership of secretary kelly now is, again, still prioritizing gang members, drug dealers, human traffickers, criminals. they are still prioritizing that.
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but they are just stepping up enforcement activity. i don't think the obama administration adequately enforced immigration laws. this administration will. >> senator johnson, thanks very much for joining us. >> have a great day. coming up members of president trump's team make new claims of voter fraud, but do they have any proof? we are checking the facts. ♪ when you have digestive sensitivities, life can feel like a never ending search for food that won't cause bloating, gas, or inner turmoil. try pronourish. a delicious nutritional drink that makes a great mini meal or snack that has protein and fiber. and pronourish has no gluten or high fructose corn syrup. and is low in fodmap ingredients that can trigger digestive sensitivities. the search is over. pronourish. nutrition you can feel good about. won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™,
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. our breaking news, within the past hour conflicting statements from the white house on the national security adviser michael flynn. a estimate from the press secretary, sean spicer, says president trump is, quote, evaluating the situation. this comes shortly after
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presidential counselor kellyanne conway told reporters at the white house that flynn has the president's full confidence. her words. full confidence. sources inside the white house tell cnn there is a lot of unhappiness over flynn's walking back earlier denials he spoke about u.s. sanctions during a preinauguration phone call with rausch russia's ambassador to the united states. bringing in our counter-terrori counter-terrorism experts. phil mudd. if flynn discussed the sanctions with the russian ambassador before the election and lied about it and the vice president went on television to repeat what he told him should he offer his resignation? >> he should. he is about done. seems like he is in the news every week for a question about judgment. let's be clear about the transition. this is not about judgment and temperament. this is now about integrity.
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the other thing i would say as a national security professional is that there is something missing here, wolf. he says he doesn't remember what was said during that conversation. i don't know whether the government is or is not intercepting the russian ambassador's phone calls. if they are there is a transcript. i don't know how you as a national security professional can say i don't know what happened in the call. you just say, let's look at the transcript. you have the answer. somebody knows what happened here. if there is the air gap between what he told the vice president and the president his days are number. >> he told the ranking member of the house intelligence committee earlier in the day raised the possibility, didn't know for sure, what if, in addition to a phone conversation, there were separate encrypted conversations going on between flynn and the russian ambassador. >> i think you have to step back if you look at encrypted conversations. go back to the transcript and see what it actually says.
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i don't think this is as minor as what happened in one single conversation. this goes back from a national security professional's angle to a national security adviser participating in lock her up on the campaign trail. you can't do that. brings his son potentially into the white house when his son was tweeting stuff about fake news, and then having the vice president apologize a month or two ago? there are too many repeated instances of bad judgment that leads somebody to say the president is three weeks in, he doesn't want to do this because it's embarrassing. you don't want to remove a senior adviser but enough is enough. >> kellyanne conway at 4:00 p.m. eastern, a little bit more than an hour ago, tells reporters the president has full confidence in flynn. now, within the past few minutes, sean spicer, the white house press secretary, says the president is evaluating the situation. wow! what a remarkable change. >> it's all clear now, wolf. >> clear as mud. >> i think this is, you know, exhibit a as to the problems
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this white house is having getting its message straight, getting its factions straight and trying to figure out exactly what the president wants. i think the major issue here may be that the president has not fully decided yet or may be changing his mind. maybe at 4:00 he told kellyanne conway, i have full confidence in flynn. then maybe he spoke to vice president pence, i am just making this up, who knows, maybe he had another conversation with somebody which made him take it back. i mean, that's a perfectly plausible explanation. and it also gives you a window into why this white house is having such a difficult time. i think it goes right to the top. >> there is almost like a thunderous silence from the president himself. he didn't take questions about it at friday's news conference or today's news conference when he was asked aboard air force one about flynn. i don't know anything about it. i'll look into it. blah, blah, blah. i don't hear him saying i have
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full confidence. certainly hasn't tweeted his support for general flynn. >> he is now acting as a politician here, allowing his aides to step in front and take the arrows. to gloria's point, it shows you the dysfunctionality within the white house, certainly within the west wing, of trying to please the president, always trying to get out in front of what he wants best. to gloria's point he said, go out and say something, kellyanne and then there is a question. there is the question of loyalty. we always say donald trump is loyal and wouldn't fire michael flynn. how about being loyal to the vice president who feels he was wronged. >> another issue at play here is the people at the white house are reluctant to start firing people because it looks like they're disorganized and they're having a shakeup really early, three weeks in. and they're reluctant to do that. >> they may have no choice right now. everybody stand by. we'll get back to this important conversation.
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national security adviser, mike flynn. within the past half hour or so we get a statement from sean spicer, the white house press secretary, the president is evaluating the situation. no repeat of full confidence. now word from sara murray, our white house correspondent, an administration official says the latest statement about evaluating the situation, no word of full confidence, an administration official says the statement is a product of a meeting just concluded between president trump, reince priebus, the white house chief of staff, and the press secretary, sean spicer. so this is the sentiment, evaluating the situation, clearly coming from the president of the united states. basically withdrawing the kellyanne conway statement that the president has full confidence in national security adviser michael flynn. >> that's an interesting piece of information, wolf. it is youinsuggests that the pr learned a new piece of information that maybe shifted
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his perception of michael flynn and his involvement in this case. it's difficult to know because the president still has not spoken out publicly himself on this matter. reporters have been given the chance to ask him about it at a couple press conferences and have not maybe because they were friendly news outlets to the president, to the white house. this really is not going to be settled until we hear it from the mouth of the president himself, whether that's on twitter, whether that's in a question. and that's going to be really important. because right now we are kind of unsure of where michael flynn stands in the white house. >> he dodged the question when he was asked on air force one on friday. so the kellyanne conway statement about full confidence no longer operative. puts her in a very, very awkward position. >> very awkward position. you have to wonder right now are they sitting in sean spicer's office for some press office watching cnn. surely they are because they're looking at how this is falling out. this is the type of thing why flynn will probably have to leave. he has now become a distraction. there is mixed messaging. this early right now in an
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administration, you don't need this type of distraction. >> there have been plenty of distractions in this administration. let's not kid ourselves. they just forge ahead. >> correct. but we have seen the president not answer a question on this for -- >> quickly, phil. when the president was told saturday night at mar-a-lago, his resort in palm beach that north korea launched a ballistic missile. he was having dinner with the japanese prime minister. they were reviewing documents, cellphone flashlights. they were on the phone. was that appropriate to be discussing north korea ballistic missiles in front of a lot of guests, a lot of servers and other people who do not have classified -- do not have an ability to see classified information? >> a surprise on this one, wolf. i'm going to give the president a pass three weeks in. there are a couple reasons why. number one. that quickly into an event you don't know exactly what happened. it will take hours, a day or two, to determine exactly what
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the picture is. number two, with an event of this significance, a missile launch, you cannot authorize some sort of counter action that immediately. it wasn't like the president would go into a room and say this is what we're going to do. you can't, every time there is a national security blip on the radar have the president suggesting to the american people it's a disaster. in this case i say they'll learn but i give them the pass. everybody stand by. there is more information coming in. we have new claims of voter fraud, massive voter fraud, by top members of president trump's team. but is there any proof to back up what they're saying? a girl with golden locks broke into a house owned by three bears. she ate some porridge, broke the baby bear's chair, and stole some jewelry, a flat-screen tv, and a laptop. luckily the geico insurance agency had helped the bears with homeowners insurance. they were able to replace all their items... ...including a new chair from crate and barrel. call geico and see how easy
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president donald trump is some of his top advisers are making new claims of major voter fraud, pointing to individual states. brian todd has been following up. is there any truth to any of these allegations? >> wolf, there is still no proof to support any claims of voter fraud that the president and his aides are making. tonight they have forced officials from one key battleground state, republicans and democrats to come out and deny those allegations. >> reporter: it's a conspiracy theory that president trump beliefs and one of his key advisers was willing to fight over it on national tv. >> i can tell you this issue of busing voters into new hampshire is widely known by anyone who worked in new hampshire politics. it's very real. >> stephen miller went on nbc this week to repeat president trump's claim that people were bussed in from massachusetts to new hampshire to vote illegally in the election.
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>> that is a scandal and we should stop the presses and as a country we should be aghast by the fact that of people who have no right to vote in this country, registered to vote, canceling out the franchise of lawful citizens of this country. that's the story we should be talking about, and i'm prepared to go on any show, anywhere, anytime and repeat the president trump of the united states is correct 100%. >> you just repeated -- you just made those declarations you provided zero evidence. >> reporter: miller got a tweet in miz boss saying great job. we contacted former and recent officials in new hampshire they say there is no significant proof of voter fraud. >> i think the statements are inaccurate. they're based on rumor. there is no basis in, in fact. and they do a disservice both to the state of new hampshire and the person who makes those statements.
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>> reporter: the former state republican chair in new hampshire is so upset by the claim he's offering $1,000 to anyone to show evidence. no one has taken him up on it. >> the idea that people are coming to new hampshire to commit fraud on a massive scale like this is preposterous. >> a member of the fec has called on president trump to substantiate the fraud in new hampshire. president trump has repeatedly claimed 3 to 5 million people across the country committed voter fraud in the november election. fact checking at cnn and other jut lets show some rolls are outdated but there is no evidence of widespread voting fraud. why you does the president persist? >> it's possible some of his followers believe that he's right, that there is massive voter fraud even though there is no evidence of that. and it also may be important to president trump that i think it sticks to him that he of the lo the popular vote. >> reporter: if the president was concerned about the popular vote in new hampshire he could
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have asked for a recount and paid a $500 recount fee. he hasn't issued that yet. he promised that vice-president pence wrote lead a commission to investigate all of this, but we haven't heard anything since he made that promise days ago. the white house has not responded to any of our inquiries about any evidence they may have to back up the voter fraud claim. wolf. >> brian todd reporting. coming up security concerns over north korea's missile test discussions at a restaurant patio where he and prime minister looking at classified documents. on the u.s. postal service? because when they ship with us, their business becomes our business. ♪ that's why we make more e-commerce deliveries to homes than anyone else in the country. ♪ here, there, everywhere.
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happening now. breaking news. flynn fall-out? the white house press secretary says the president is evaluating the controversy surrounding his national security adviser and his contacts with russia. but another white house aide claims michael flynn has the president's full confidence. so what is really going on behind closed doors? big, big problem. mr. trump promises to show strength against north korea just hours after a provocative new missile test. we're getting new details about why the pentagon is escalating the warning that kim june you know,'s threat is back. danger in restaurant. a discussion on an open terrace in mar-a-lago where patrons were within earshot and posting photos online. was national security


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